Advanced Life Support Requirements, Assumptions and Reference Missions 2002-01-2480
To effectively develop advanced life support technologies to support humans on future missions into space, the requirements for these missions must first be defined. How many people will go? Where will they go? What risks must be protected against? Since NASA does not officially establish new exploration programs until authorized by Congress, there are no program requirements documents or list of “planned missions” to refer to. Therefore, technology developers must look elsewhere for information on how and where their development efforts and concepts may be used. This paper summarizes the development of several sources designed to help Advanced Life Support researchers working to extend a human presence in space.